God Blesses the Peacemakers, Not the Warmakers

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Many have probably seen the recent video about an Oregon school coach disarming and hugging a student, one who had entered the school with a shotgun and the intent to use the weapon.

What takes place is powerful. But, in our world of cynicism, it is hard to believe this kind of move is the “best” move. Especially in light of much political debate around 2nd amendment gun rights.

Still, I am reminded of these words from author and activist, Shane Claiborne:

“God blesses the peacemakers, not the warmakers.”

It may seem naive to champion this. Congratulate the coach, yes. But champion it as the best way may be pinned as naive.

Remember, these words are based upon the words of the one true king, Christ himself. And what I realize even more is that the words of Jesus will always be difficult to live – even for Christians.

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Reading Romans Backwards

This week I began reading Scot McKnight’s new work, Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire.

Why might this book be a helpful voice on studies in Romans? McKnight offers a different angle on the intent behind Paul’s most well-known, most taught and preached letter in all of the New Testament. As he notes in a recent interview:

“So we read the book of Romans as if it were an evangelistic tract to get people saved. No. The people to whom Paul is writing this letter are saved. He is not sketching how to get saved. He is sketching the foundation of reconciliation…” Continue reading